* Croque Monsieur et Croque Madame *🗼
During summer last year, I became slightly addicted to French comfort food, the Croque Monsieur. 💖
When prepared right, this delicious French sandwich can give even the best of American grilled cheese sandwiches a run for their money.
The story behind the Croque Monsieur (which literally means crispy/crunchy mister 😉) is that, some French labourers accidentally left their lunch boxes filled with Ham & Gruyere Sandwiches near a hot radiator, & by lunchtime, those sandwiches turned into gooey, grilled ham & gruyere sandwiches…which then became a very popular snack among the labourers.
I’m not sure, if this story is true, but by the 1900s the Croque Monsieur was a standard on every French cafe menu, & the rest, as they say, is history.
So what’s a ‘Croque Madame’ then ?
Its basically a Croque Monsieur with an egg on top ! (a fried egg, most of the times)
And just in case all that Ham, Gruyere, & Egg isn’t decadent enough for you, we have additions/substitutes like Bechamel Sauce, or Blue Cheese, Smoked Salmon instead of Ham, thinly sliced Tomatoes/fried Potatoes etc.
And a definite must have with this snack, is a glass of white wine !
So now you know why I got ‘slightly addicted’ to this French comfort food, while I was in Paris, right…? 😜
(PS- My favourite out of the 2, is ….ahem …the Crispy Mister/Monsieur 😉…..and None of the sandwiches available here in town, can even dream of coming close to the ‘Real’ French ones….Seriously.)